Standards. Grit. Rigor. Grading.

This post really offers no answers to the issues teachers face in evaluating student work. But it does offer hope. Grading is hard, especially if you are a teacher that uses standards to develop rigor and perseverance in your students. There is no fiction in this post, but I have changed the names and quotations […]

A Call to Action! Submit a Unit for EQuIP Peer Review!

Calling all Teachers! What lesson/unit exemplifies teaching and learning excellence in your classroom? Could you capture your design in print to support others in their classrooms?   This spring, Achieve posted the EQuIP Call to Action offering $1500 to individuals and/or groups who could write an exemplar unit (evaluated using the EQuIP review process). As one of 84 EQuIP […]

Will PARCC Testing Changes Result in Updates to Performance Task Templates?

With the recent announcement by PARCC regarding the consolidation of  the summative assessment from two testing windows to one, readers have asked whether I will update my Performance Task Planners  or the associated Common Core Unit Planners to reflect any change. And the answer is a resounding “Yes!” when PARCC announces changes to the actual performance task format. At this time, […]

What is Digital Leadership? #edblogaday

Several weeks ago, Scott McLeod wrote a blog that impassioned me to respond. In “We Have to Stop Pretending,” McLeod challenged bloggers to itemize five things we tend to accept as givens in education that indeed are total myths. One that he offered up was “that low-level facts and procedures are a prerequisite to deeper […]

#edblogaday 3: Educational Concerns and Cures

My greatest concern for education is the current political and policy funding emphasis on big data while the local and professional push is rightfully on  differentiation for and appreciation of the unique. As Panoptican-like big data seems to have made the industry of education, the field itself recognizes that small data is what can and will make […]